Best Applesauce Muffin Recipe Ever

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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This easy applesauce muffin recipe is the only one you’ll need. It yields muffins that are soft, moist, and packed with applesauce flavor. Perfect for Fall or anytime of the year!

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Recipe updated on March 28, 2020.

Reasons why this is The Best Applesauce Muffins Recipe Ever:

  • Easy to make
  • Comes together in one bowl
  • Perfectly spiced and sweetened
  • Packed with flavor
  • Uses a whole cup and a half of applesauce!

If you love baking with applesauce or if you just love applesauce in general, you definitely need to try these! You won’t be disappointed.




Sweetened Applesauce vs. Unsweetened Applesauce

Sweetened applesauce is usually sweetened with corn syrup. This recipe calls for unsweetened applesauce but if you only have the sweetened kind on hand I recommend that you reduce the granulated sugar to 1/3 cup and the brown sugar to 1/4 cup, packed.

Applesauce Muffins with Oil

I didn’t use butter for this recipe because I didn’t want it overpowering the applesauce and also, oil provides more moisture.

Plus, have you ever tried applesauce muffins with coconut oil?! One of the best and most underrated flavor combinations, hands down. If you have coconut oil on hand please do give it a try in this recipe but if you don’t, plain ole vegetable will work too.

Since these muffins contain no butter, no milk, and no dairy in general, they’re dairy-free! Hooray!

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How to make Applesauce Muffins

{Full recipe at the bottom of the page}

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep the muffin pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the applesauce, both sugars, spices, and salt (mixture should be completely smooth).
  3. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda and stir until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  5. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan filling the cups to the top.
  6. Bake for 20 – 21 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan 5 minutes then remove.




Why so much baking soda?

I know that there is an alarming amount of baking soda in this recipe however it is the perfect amount. Don’t worry, the muffins don’t turn out tasting like baking soda at all!

Remember, both the applesauce and brown sugar are acidic ingredients so therefore they are able to neutralize it, resulting in perfectly risen muffins without a metallic aftertaste.

Why are the insides of the muffins pink?

Do not be frightened! The muffins may appear pink on the inside because of the applesauce. I’m not exactly sure how or why this happens but I believe that it’s due to skin being left on some of the apples causing the applesauce to turn pink when cooked or baked. Or it could just be a natural reaction that happens when the applesauce is out in the open for a long time.

Whatever the reason may be, rest assured that the muffins are perfectly safe to eat.

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This recipe uses both sugars because applesauce muffins with brown sugar are really delicious. Trust me, that tiny bit of molasses from the brown sugar does wonders for the flavor in this recipe.

For even more flavor these muffins are spiced with a healthy dose of cinnamon and some nutmeg. It’s only right for muffins with applesauce to have some spice.

And by the way they taste so amazing warm! They smell like Fall but delicious recipes like this one are great all year round.




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Best Applesauce Muffins Recipe Ever - The best easy one bowl recipe for moist applesauce muffins made with oil, perfectly sweetened, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. | Beat Bake Eat
Best Applesauce Muffins Recipe
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
This easy applesauce muffin recipe is the only one you’ll need. It yields big bakery style muffins that are soft, moist, and packed with applesauce flavor. Perfect for Fall or anytime of the year!
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: applesauce muffins with oil, how to make applesauce muffins, unsweetened applesauce muffins recipe
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (room temp if using coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Line muffin pan with muffins liners and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine the applesauce, both sugars, spices, and salt (mixture should be completely smooth).
  4. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the flour, sprinkle in the baking soda and mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.

  6. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan filling the cups to the top.
  7. Bake for 20 – 21 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
  8. Cool in pan 5 minutes then remove.
Notes
  • Can I use sweetened applesauce? Yes, simply reduce the granulated sugar to 1/3 cup and the brown sugar to 1/4 cup, packed.
  • Why do the eggs need to be at room temperature if I'm using coconut oil? This is so that the oil does not revert to its solidified state. Solid coconut oil tends to run out of the batter during baking and pool at the bottom of the muffins. I learned this from experience!


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21 comments

Gayle White October 27, 2019 - 9:30 pm

I think you mean 1/2 Tsp cinnamon and baking soda…

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Crystal October 27, 2019 - 11:35 pm

Lol, no. It’s not a typo. Both are the perfect amount. Give the recipe a try. 😄 You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Stephanie November 4, 2019 - 8:41 pm

Can i use extra applesauce instead of the oil?

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Crystal November 5, 2019 - 10:36 am

I think you can but the texture may not be the same. If you do try it let me know how it turns out!

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Jennifer November 6, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Could these go in a doughnut pan.

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Crystal November 6, 2019 - 8:56 pm

Yes, but the bake time needed will most likely be much less so keep an eye on them!

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Denise November 9, 2019 - 11:45 am

Thank you for the recipe. I added some diced apples and pear and cranberries, they are in the oven now. Also you say it’s dairy free, it’s not because of the eggs 🤗

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Crystal November 10, 2019 - 9:05 am

You’re very welcome, Denise! Wow, great additions! But eggs are not dairy. “The definition of dairy includes foods produced from the milk of mammals, such as cows and goats.”

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Shelley November 13, 2019 - 5:10 pm

Love these! I didn’t want 200 calories per muffin so I cut the white sugar to 1/4 of a cup and half of the oil I substituted more applesauce. Added some pumpkin pie spice and made smaller muffins. They turned out yummy!

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Crystal November 13, 2019 - 8:07 pm

I’ve been meaning to try these with less oil and more applesauce. Thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad you like them!

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Leanne A January 5, 2020 - 11:56 pm

I used splenda, coconut sugar, half white whole wheat flour and added one apple chopped. Delicious.

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Crystal January 6, 2020 - 11:05 am

Awesome! Love this idea; healthier but still tasty. Thanks for the 5-star review, Leanne.

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Tess January 24, 2020 - 7:44 am

These are my favorite muffins! Thank You so much for the recipe. Ive been looking for it for a while!

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Crystal January 24, 2020 - 9:25 am

You’re very welcome, Tess! I’m so happy to hear that they are your favorite. 😄 Be sure to save the recipe so that you don’t lose it again!

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Sonja February 1, 2020 - 3:36 pm

I also am making them at the beginning of Feb, just had to have a giggle when I read that! The kids are home from university for the weekend, and I’m making some treats for them to take back. I hope they are as good as I’ve read!:)

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Crystal February 1, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Lol, I hope you and your kids enjoy them. 😄 Let me know what you think!

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Jodi February 4, 2020 - 12:42 pm

Passed the 2 year old test. Very moist and full of flavor. Definitely will be making again.

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Crystal February 4, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Yay! That makes me so happy! So glad you’ll be making them again.

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Sue March 18, 2020 - 12:13 pm

This is a keeper. Wonderful texture and flavor.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 18, 2020 - 1:14 pm

Thank you, Sue!

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